Recognition Where Recognition's Due
Because author takeovers are fun, and because this month has been so busy for me, so I gladly offered up extra spots to my friends, you're blessed with another guest blogger today. Rachel Herod is one of my dearest friends, and she and I have been celebrating her first release. She's talking about the recognition her characters ... and she ... are both hoping for. Read on.
One of the most exciting aspects of writing is creating characters. Not just the way they look, but other facets of their personalities, too: their beliefs, their tendencies, their nuances. Sometimes characters are born that resemble friends and loved ones, beloved personas in other works of fiction, celebrities, or the author herself. And sometimes we create cast members who exhibit characteristics we wish we had. To write someone you want to emulate can be helpful in your spiritual journey and even cathartic at times.
In the town of Buskerton, there’s an annual awards ceremony. Votes from all the townspeople are tallied, and local businesses are awarded a flowing banner to hang outside and show everyone they are the winners and the very best in their categories. The winners of what, you ask? Well, the winners of the Buskie awards, of course. As everyone knows, a Buskie award banner proves you’re the very best at what you do. Doesn’t it? Everyone wants a Buskie banner outside their front door, right?
A Love-Hate Relationship
Ready for another author takeover? Today, Heather Greer is here to chat about a character too easy to hate. Do you like Love-Hate relationships?
Have you ever had a love-hate relationship with a character? Maybe you see their potential, but their personality rubs you the wrong way?
Will Forrester was that character for me when I wrote Cake That!. He was rude and abrasive. Arrogance seeped from every pore. Will was a great baker, and he knew it. He also managed to alienate himself from every other competitor in the contest.
But as much as Will wasn’t the nice guy in the competition, just under the surface of what he allowed everyone else to see, I saw something more. Will wasn’t just a jerk. There were reasons he’d adopted those attitudes. And while I gave insight into those reasons in Cake That!, I wanted to give Will a chance at redeeming himself.
It's All in a Name
Today, you're in for a treat, because fellow author, Sarah Anne Crouch, is taking over my blog. She's giving you some insight into where she got her characters' names. See what you think.
I truly love being an author, and it still feels a little surreal after publishing my third book. My favorite parts of the job are when I get in “the zone” and words and ideas just flow out of me, when readers tell me how much they love my stories, or when I get to collaborate and problem-solve with other writers.
One of my least favorite aspects of being a writer is coming up with names. I’m so bad at it. My husband and I picked names for our kids years in advance, so we’d have plenty of time to get it right. But I have to name my characters, their hometowns, their favorite musicians, the restaurant they visit on their first date, etc. It’s just part of the job. And if other authors are anything like me, they don’t want to help you come up with ideas. I once saw a popular Christian writer post on Facebook asking for name ideas. My immediate thought was “If I come up with a good name, I’m using it myself!”
So here’s how I did it for “Where Love is Planted.”
Love Delivered is the third novella collection I will be a part of. It releases tomorrow!
The last few weeks, I've introduced you to some of my characters, given some insight into the setting, and dropped a few other sneak peeks, but how about a few peeks into the other stories in this collection?
(If you need a little more of a sneak peek, scroll all the way down for a link to read the first chapter of each story ;) )
We all know I love reading romance--historical and contemporary. But every now and then I get in the mood for a good fantasy adventure too. Which is why I'm so excited to interview this new-to-me author, Lydia MacClaren. She writes Inspirational Fantasy and her stories intrigue me. She's even including a way to get one of her stories for free, so be sure to read all the way to the bottom!
Lydia, thanks for joining me today. Let's start off easy. What made you choose fantasy as your genre?
I love creating other worlds! Sure, I could write in ours, but I find it so much more interesting to write about a world where magic and fantastic creatures exist!
Fantasy books are fun to read because their worlds are different than our own. How hard was it for you to create a whole new world for your characters to live in?
Not hard at all! I write what’s called “soft worldbuilding,” and I think that has made creating intricate worlds less time-consuming for me. Soft worldbuilding only describes what is necessary for the plot without a lot of additional information. I have a rough idea of what my world is like, with some important details, then I start writing and allow the rest to fill in as I write! It’s a bit of a mix between discovery writing and plotting, and it works for me.
Behind the Story: Mack
We're continuing on with our sneak peek behind the scenes of my newest novella, Romance at Register Five. Today, it's Mack's turn.
Mack McDonald is in charge of his family grocery store, McDonald's. The store has been a fixture in the town of Sassafras, Arkansas for decades. His goal in life is to keep it that way. He does so by making sure he knows his customers, giving great service, and making sure everything stays exactly as its always been.
This is a place for me to tell you about what I'm writing, talk about the process or where some of my ideas came from, or even have other authors come in and talk about their books.
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